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Loop the Loop - Unique handmade brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

This is a statement piece if there ever was one! If life is a rollercoaster, then say so. Of all the brooches I’ve made, it’s one of my most favourite.


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I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch, called Loop the Loop, from a 5x7cm chunk of cement and piece of long thin metal wound in a double circle. To me it said, ‘Rollercoaster’. I found the bits and bobs needed to make this brooch on the streets during my daily walks

This brooch is extra special, as it is featured (times 9) in the online exhibition Energy, run by What’s Next for Earth for the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere Arts Community,  Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find on the streets of Melbourne. However, through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She encouraged me to try making jewellery from the objects I found on the street, but I never had.

Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition. I entered–and found that making brooches is great fun. In 2019 I displayed my brooches in the Australian National Brooch Show at the Fitzroy and Eltham public libraries. In 2020, my brooches were in Wearable Art at The Old Auction House in Kyneton and online in Survival Kit at the University of Melbourne George Paton Gallery.

In 2021, as part of Geelong and Melbourne Design Weeks, my brooches were featured in exhibitions at The Reimaginarium in Geelong and again at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. And, of course, my brooches are always available through Incube8r Gallery, in both the Fitzroy and Prahran shops, as well as online.

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This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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